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Misdemeanor Sex Crimes

November 24th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

Most sex crimes in Texas are prosecuted as felony offenses, which carry mandatory jail time and sometimes the requirement of registration as a sex offender. Some sex crimes, however, namely those that don’t involve violence or penetrative sexual contact, can be charged as misdemeanors, which means that a defendant could receive probation instead of jail […]

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Understanding the Different Types of Misdemeanor Offenses in Texas

November 20th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

Texas law divides misdemeanor crimes into three categories, each of which comes with its own range of penalties. The specifics of a defense strategy depends largely on the type of crime that a person is being charged with, so if you were recently arrested for or charged with a criminal offense in Texas, it is […]

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Sealing Your DWI Record in Texas

November 12th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drunk Driving, DWI

In 2017, Texas lawmakers enacted a new statute that allows first time DWI offenders who satisfy certain conditions, to seal their criminal records by obtaining what is referred to as an Order of Nondisclosure. To learn more about sealing your own criminal record, including whether you could qualify for an Order of Nondisclosure, please reach […]

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Threats of Violence Can Lead to Domestic Violence Charges

November 11th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Domestic Violence

Heated arguments can quickly lead to incidents of domestic violence and eventually to criminal charges, even in cases where no physical violence actually occurred. Allegations of domestic violence can have significant repercussions for all of the parties involved, so if you were recently unfairly accused of domestic violence, or were the victim of unlawful threats, […]

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How Do I Reinstate My Driver’s License?

November 9th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Traffic Offenses

Most traffic violations come with fines and the addition of points on a person’s driving record. However, in Texas, motorists who are convicted of multiple traffic violations face more serious penalties, including the suspension of their driver’s license. While it is possible to have a license reinstated, doing so can be complicated, so if your […]

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Drug Possession vs Drug Distribution in Texas

November 4th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Drug Crime

Being convicted of a drug-related crime comes with serious penalties, including hefty fines and significant jail time. Certain types of drug offenses, however, including distribution of a controlled substance, come with particularly harsh penalties, so if you were recently accused of possessing or distributing drugs, it is important to contact an experienced drug charges lawyer […]

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The Difference Between Federal Offenses and State Crimes

November 3rd, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Criminal Defense

The majority of defendants who have been accused of a crime are charged in state court. It is possible, however, for a person to be charged with a federal crime, in which case, he or she will be tried in federal court. There are a number of different procedural rules that apply in federal courts […]

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Does a Jury Have to Unanimously Agree on How a Defendant Committed the Crime?

October 29th, 2020 by Tad Nelson in White Collar Crime

When you are tried for any federal or state crime in Texas, the jury must unanimously agree that you are guilty. This means the jurors must be unanimous with respect to each element of the alleged offense. However, that does not necessarily mean the jurors all have to agree as to the underlying facts. In […]

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Can Prosecutors Introduce a Defendant’s Porn Collection as Evidence of Sexual Assault?

October 23rd, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Sex Crime

In a criminal trial, the prosecution’s job is to prove that the defendant committed the alleged offense. The objective is not to put the defendant’s overall character on trial. Indeed, under Texas law, such character evidence is inadmissible to prove the defendant’s guilt with respect to the actual charges. Unfortunately, we often see prosecutors try […]

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Is It a Crime to Look Like a Member of a “Criminal Street Gang”?

October 21st, 2020 by Tad Nelson in Misdemeanor Crimes

One of the ideals of our criminal justice system is the notion that someone is not guilty of a crime simply based on how they look or appear. Unfortunately, reality does not always meet this ideal. For example, in recent years there has been a movement against individuals who are perceived as belonging to a […]

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